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As most of you who regularly read my reviews will know, I wear contact lenses. After having a conversation about my eyes which are naturally a dark brown, it was mentioned in passing that green eyes would really suit me because of my skin colour. On a whim, I decided to make the most of the fact I wear lenses and look for some coloured ones - preferably green, not too bright but a natural lighter shade of green.
What Do Freshlook Colourblends Offer?
Freshlook colourblends are available in several colours including: Amethyst, blue, brilliant blue, brown, gemstone green, gray, green, honey, pure hazel, sterling gray, true sapphire, turquoise. I do appreciate that it is hard to imagine exactly how these colours will look on you and if they'll suit you from the name alone but freshlooks website, www.freshlookcontacts.com, has a section where you can upload a photo and 'try on' the different colours.
They are available both with and without vision correction, prescription strengths range from +6 to -8 and so there is a wide range that should suit most people. It is however worth noting that even if you don't have a prescription you will still need to have an eye check to ensure that contact lenses will suit you.
The lenses are 30 day disposables. This means that they can be worn for 30 days but need removing every night and you should discard them after 30 days use. However, the 30 days don't have to be continuous - you could, in theory, wear them for a day then store them for a week (regularly changing the disinfectant solution) then wear them etc.
What Do They Look Like?
This, I feel, is where freshlooks really come into their own; they're designed to look like a real eye. I chose the gemstone green lenses which are green, strangely enough(!) although not as bright as you would expect from a gemstone version.
They have a very dark, almost black edging with green filling in about the next centimetre before there is a gap for my pupil. The green however isn't coloured in completely but it's patterned as a real eye would be.
When I bought mine I had a few concerns. Firstly, because my eyes are so dark naturally I worried about how effectively the green would cover them. It would, after all, look rather strange having green eyes with a dark brown showing through! Secondly, it does warn that since our pupils adapt to suit the light were in these lenses may show some of our natural colour on the inside when our pupils are contracted or, if our pupils are expanded then the green edging of the lens may affect our vision slightly. However, I found that even when these problems did occur they were minor problems that I can't really find fault with.
Inserting the lenses is easy, they didn't sting my eyes at all and fitted well, the coloured part placed exactly over the colouring of my actual eye, removing them also didn't prove difficult at all and after a night stored in disinfectant solution they rehydrated and cleaned well resulting in no problems for my eyes.
My vision with these was as good as with any other contacts. Even when worn in bright sunlight I didn't find the green colouring affected my vision at all, there were no floaters that I can sometimes experience with lenses and the clarity of my vision was as good as with any other contact lenses I use.
Despite being quite a light colour the green covered my dark eyes very effectively and even when examining my eyes closely I couldn't see my natural colour showing through. The green did however look darker on my eyes then it does in the packet so I think in that respect it did change the colour of the lens slightly. When I was in a fairly dark room my natural colour did show up slightly around the inside of the lens, however this was only noticeable to me when I was looking for it and would not have shown up to anyone else especially if that person wasn't specifically looking for it.
Price, Availability and Recommendation
I bought mine from lensway and they cost me £55.87 (plus postage) for 6 months worth. If you have the same prescription for each eye you could just buy one box costing £27.89 (plus postage) for 3 months supply. They are also available elsewhere online for similar prices and are available in some opticians.
I won't wear these every day but I do like them as a bit of a change and therefore will highly recommend them to others. I'm giving them 5 out of 5 as I really can't fault them. Despite being a light colour they covered my darker eyes well, they were comfortable to wear the whole day and my vision with them was as good as with any other lens I use.
Contact Lens Information And Warnings In General
It is advisable to have an eye test every year, or two years, as advised by your optician anyway. When wearing lenses you will also need a contact lens check yearly even if you wear a lens without a prescription, this is to ensure your eyes are suitable for lenses and that wearing the lenses are not affecting your vision. Any good opticians will not supply you with lenses unless you have this check.
Never wash lenses in water and never reuse disinfectant solution. If lenses are irritating your eyes, remove them immediately and consult your optician.
Never wear lenses longer then the time stated (30 days in this case) this is because after this time the lenses start to degrade and can damage your eyes.
If you have any further questions about contact lenses or eye care in general your first point of call should always be your optician.
I've used Freshlook Colourblends in two different shades. My eyes are naturally blue/green/grey (not a mix, they are each of these colours alternately). I first experimented with 'Gemstone Green.'
As my eyes were already green (sometimes) without any artificial assistance, I wanted to boost their natural shade with a brilliant version of a colour that I knew I suited. I adored the very green eyes at first but grew weary of them - they were so bright a colour that it was obvious I was using lenses to adjust my colour.
My second venture into colour experiment was with plain brown lenses. Now, I loved these. They are brilliant, and completely cover my blue eyes. My natural colour is slightly visible around my pupil, but not in so great an amount that it's noticeable if I'm not absolutely staring into a mirror close-up. The brown lenses look really natural, and it took people a long time to figure out what had changed about my appearance. Instead of people going "Wow! Your eyes are really green!" as they did with my first set of lenses (even people I had never met before commented on how very green they were), people ask first if I've changed something - along the lines of "Have you had your hair cut?" or "Are you wearing a new mascara?"
It's really good fun, and I'll stick wearing browns for a good while, I think!
The lenses themselves are easy to care for. They take a little bit of getting used to because they're thicker than the monthly (clear) lenses I received from Specsavers, but they fit comfortably enough with a little bit of wiggling. They need no specialist solutions or cleaning tubs, just saline will do fine!
I have natually light grey/ dark grey marbled eye clour (If that makes nay sense!) And I tried on the amethyst coloured lenses.
These lenses come in the plastic blister packet with the foil back which tells you the colour and how blind you are (prescription)
The colourblends are designed to give a very natural effect with 3 different shades blended together and printed into an iris pattern. They don't give as much of a change as the other freshlook colors which have just one colour.
Infact the amethyst didn't look any kind of purple on my grey eyes at all. They instead looked a really nice hazelish colour. Not what I was looking for exactly - but it really suited me.
The lenses are a bit smaller in size than daily disposables or the day and night lenses - but they do need taking out at night. They can be kept over a few months providing you keep them in solution and clean when not using them, but they will only wear them 30 times. I found these lenses easy to wear with no problems. You can also buy these with zero power if you have good sight.
And if you are unsure of the colour then most opticians have trial lenses.
I've been using the colourblends for years now, and i think they are great. They come in all sorts of colours from blue to brown to purple. I have used the brown, green and blue one's over my natural green eyes. The brown colour gave me a dramatic change, everyone was commenting on how good my eyes looked. Whereas the blue and green gave me the subtle change I was looking for. The best thing about the colourblends is even if you chose a colour the same as your natural colour it makes your eyes stand out and appear bigger and brighter. They are soft lenses, just like normal clear soft lenses, so you can therefore wear them as you would normally do with the clear ones. They last for a month as long as you look after them properly. I found that even with a no-rub solution it is still important to give them a rub after taking out to avoid protein build up on them which can irritate the eye, as they can be a little drier than normal soft lenses especially since newer monthly or daillies tend to be all about moisture. Overall, great contacts, and great for a change of eye colour. Would definately recommend. I got mine from my optition but i know they are available on-line too.
I bought a blue set of these Freshlook contact lenses, as I wanted a change from my plain grey ones and was curious to see if these would look as vibrant on me as my other ones did.
I got these online for bout £15 or £16 (they're slightly more expensive than the plain coloured lenses but by only 2 or 3 pounds). These also come in the box displayed in the picture and come in 2 individual packets with a foil front and clear plastic back where you can see the lenses stored in a liquid.
I emptied these above the sink into the palm of my hand and got rid of the excess liquid. I then popped the contact lens onto my index finger and could see that there was a blue colour surrounded by a darker outer rim and a brown/hazel/gold colour inner rim. These different colours are meant to give the lens a more realistic colour look. The colour was not a block of colour but a pattern of flecks with different shades in them.
When worn in the eye, they're noticeably blue but not as vibrant as my other coloured Freshlook lenses. I have really dark eyes and the solid one colour lens gives more of a colour difference than these do. I guess these would be good on lighter eyes.
These aren't bad considering the price and the look of them though for me, I would have to get the other kind because I have very dark eyes.
I would recommend these for people with lighter to even light brown eyes but if you're very dark, they might not give you the vibrant blue eyes you had in mind. They are comfortable on and last up to 30 days of continuous wear or 30 individual wears within the year.
Great coloured one month use contact lenses, i have been using these contact lenses for nearly a year now and i have been very pleased with them throughout that time. The instructions say they are for use for thirty days. They are soft contacts and have the same feel as the soft dailies, there is a wide variety of colours to choose from for example they have grey, sapphire blue, chestnut brown, green etc..so they have a colour to suit all tastes.
Freshlook colorblends use three in one colour technology and as a result these contact lenses do look a lot more natural than most contact lenses currently available.
They are very reasonably priced and feel extremely comfortable in the eye.
overall a good choice for anyone wishing to try coloured contact lenses, weather using them for the occasional night out for a different look or using on a daily basis these will do the job well.
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